A candidate with strong party support, endorsed by a sitting president, who outspends their opponent by a tremendous margin loses the election to a candidate with a strong, central message that resonates with the working class. It happened last night in Alabama and it happened last November across the nation.
By some estimates, Moore’s opponent outspent him by a 25:1 margin when all the super pac stuff is figured in.
Will Democrats continue to treat the working class with disdain and instead, play nice with the .1% and the money that flows from that relationship?
Make no mistake about it, Moore’s appeal to his voters was also deeply rooted in racism, bigotry, and the rest…..but I cannot accept the notion that the working class voters in Massachusetts, much less the entire USA, are only possible to reach with messages of racism and bigotry. If I am wrong, the republic is doomed.
History proves that the working class is possible to reach with a central message. We need look no further back than FDR or for that matter, Bernie Sanders.
Most recently in Massachusetts, in a recent state senate race, the party insiders wanted Edward Philip, a “moderate” (meaning a neoliberal) and not the Sanders style guy: Paul R. Feeney, . Feeney won.
TLDR: We need strong working class candidates more than we need money and GOTV.